Park Ridge Fire Department Responds to Fire in an Office Building

On Sunday, September 4th, 2011 at 11:04 p.m., the Park Ridge Fire Department was dispatched for an activated fire alarm in the 1400 block of Renaissance Drive, at the Park Ridge Office Center complex. The initial size-up of the incident determined that there were no signs of fire or smoke on the outside of the structure.  However, upon making entry, companies were met with light smoke on all four (4) floors and heavier smoke emitting from the HVAC vent on the second floor. Four fire companies searched all of the floors and roof for signs of a fire, and nothing beyond light smoke was discovered. During this time, the second arriving Engine prepared to supply water to the buildings standpipe system while the Tower Ladder setup on the East side of the building. Companies then shutdown the HVAC system, and conditions initially started to improve on the floors. After a few minutes, conditions started to deteriorate in the NW corner of the second floor. The area was quickly examined, and a fire was discovered inside an office behind a locked door. All four companies worked to establish an attack line using the standpipe in the stairwell between the first and second floor, and had the fire under control within 5 minutes of its discovery. The fire was contained to the office unit. The property owner and management company were contacted and arrived at the scene with keys to all of the office units. By 1:00 am, the entire building had been searched and smoke removed from all four (4) floors and the garage. Damage is estimated to be less than $35,000, with the entire structure valued at $2,500,000. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Park Ridge Fire Department received assistance at the scene from the North Maine Fire Protection District, with the Niles Fire Department providing coverage for a subsequent EMS call in Park Ridge. 

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